Stephen Grover - professional history
As time went on though, I felt a real urge to explore some form of design less ephemeral, where I could use my practical, as well as creative skills, and where I would be involved at all stages.
When the opportunity came to create a new garden for a friend, I instantly took it and felt excited at the challenges it presented.
I made my first garden in 1990 - for a graphic designer - and we approached the job in the same way as any design project, creating and answering to a brief that included all of the information needed, both objective and subjective. I enjoyed the combination of design and physical work immensely - and it was a success. My client actually said that having the new garden had made her and her sons life so much better - I was very proud of that! Making her garden had given me the buzz that I had hoped for - and I hadn't just made a garden, I had made a real difference.
I was recommended for another project, then another, and soon I was solidly employed in the making of gardens. I learnt a lot as I worked, as well as completing a course in soft landscaping at Capel Manor, and passing the RHS General Examination in Horticulture.
Twenty years on, I am still enthused and excited by the challenges of a new garden project. The importance of the process is still key to my approach, as it is the best way to make a garden that is both practical, functional and a very special, charming place.
I live with my partner and our two children in Stoke Newington.